Newt Gingrich Loses Two Top Fundraisers

The political world learned Tuesday that two more aides, this time top fundraisers, quit Newt Gingrich's campaign.

The official word is that financial director Jody Thomas and consultant Mary Heitman decided to "step away from the campaign." That's the campaign's phrasing.

Their departure comes 12 days after Gingrich's top campaign strategists all quit along with grassroots organizers in Iowa, the first state in the Republican nomination contest, and staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

A campaign spokesman says there are still more than half a dozen staffers and several consultants raising money.

Gingrich says he wants to run a different kind of presidential campaign.

The spokesman said Gingrich is spending a majority of his time phoning and meeting with potential donors.



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